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The latest from the Vail Lacrosse Shootout 2008
2009 Vail Lacrosse tournament comes to the Valley
Lacrosse action will take place in the Vail Valley on June 27 - July 5, 2009.
Photo by Dave Gottenborg

2009 Vail Lacrosse tournament comes to the Valley

By Alex Smith

June 22, 2009 —  The Vail Lacrosse Shootout returns for its 37th edition in 2009, running from Saturday, June 27 – Sunday, July 5. As the premiere club tournament in the United States, Vail is home to some of the very best lacrosse in the world and will play host to over 60 men's teams and 30 women's teams in what has become a pilgrimage for any true lacrosse fan.

Vail Lacrosse 2009The Vail Shootout started in Aspen in 1973 and was founded by Flip Naumburg and Jim Soran. After making its permanent move to Vail in 1979, the tournament has enjoyed steady growth and become a fixture on the lacrosse landscape. More than just a tournament, the Shootout is almost a spiritual gathering. It has become a place for lacrosse “people” of all ages to come together and celebrate their sport in a tribal manner, much in the same way their Native American forefathers did.

With players competing in seven different divisions, the Vail Shootout has enough lacrosse to satiate any fan’s appetite. The Men’s Elite division is the headliner, taking place from July 2 – July 5 and coinciding with the Women’s Elite tournament. Preceding the Elite Divisions, Men’s Masters, Supermasters and Grandmasters kick off “8 Days at 8,000 Feet” on June 27. The Boys and Girls High School Divisions take the field on June 28.

Over the years, some of the world’s best lacrosse players have played in the Vail Shootout. Gary and Paul Gait (Syracuse), Jen Adams (Maryland), Casey, Ryan and Mike Powell (Syracuse), Kyle Harrison (Johns Hopkins) and Michele DeJuliis (Penn State), some of the most recognized names in the sport, have all graced the Vail Valley at some point in their lacrosse careers.

This year, we are expecting Cody Jameison, and Stephen Keogh – two players from Syracuse’s NCAA championship team, not to mention a plethora of players from Cornell’s runner-up team on Team 21. There are projected players from the All-America teams of all four collegiate lacrosse divisions – I, II, III and the MCLA.

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Vail Lacrosse Shootout results
The Men's Elite Division Champions, Team 21.
Dave Gottenborg

Vail Lacrosse Shootout results

By Alex Smith

July 10, 2008 —  The 36th annual Vail Lacrosse Shootout ended on Sunday as champions were crowned in both the Men’s and Women’s Elite divisions. Team 21 upset Reebok 12-7 in the Men’s Elite while Dos Brisas Lax won the Women’s Elite division.

Don’t forget to check out the tournament blog on the home page of and our daily batches of photos at

Men’s Elite
Elite Championship – Team 21 12, Reebok 7
Team 21 trailed Reebok 3-2 at the end of one quarter of play, but won every quarter thereafter, outscoring the defending champions 10-4 over the final three stanzas to win their first Vail Lacrosse Shootout Men’s Elite Championship by a score of 12-7. 21’s goaltending and defense was stellar, especially in the second half, as they held the high-scoring Reebok team to only 2 second half goals.

The Cornell-based Team 21 got a huge effort from All-Tournament members David Mitchell and John Glynn, both of whom were on top of their games throughout the tournament. Jake Meyers recorded 17 saves for the victorious Team 21, who enter the Shootout in the memory of fallen brother Mario St. George Boiardi – a Cornell lacrosse player who passed away while playing in 2004.

Glynn was exceptional throughout the tournament, using his shifty, elusive style of play to get to the goal and break down defenses. For his efforts, he was named the tournament’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. Meyers, who recorded more saves in each game as the tournament progressed, was named the Shootout’s Defensive MVP.

Team 21 did a great job shutting down Reebok’s Adam Donegar, who netted 5 goals in the semifinals. Donegar didn’t record a point in the Championship Game. Reebok had four players with 2 points in the game, including midfielders John Carrozza, Dan Fanelli and Anthony Muscarella and attackman Ryan Zordani. Team 21’s leading point-getter was Glynn, who had 3 goals and 1 assist and Christian Pastirik, who ripped home a 2-pointer to give him 3 total points on the day.

Reebok was certainly the favorite coming into the game, but Team 21 left little doubt as to who the better team was on this day and celebrated their Championship in style as the Vail Lacrosse Shootout ended its 36th year.

Other Men’s Elite News:
The Lofers completed an 8 goal comeback to defeat LaxGrip in overtime in the fifth place game while Brine Elite rode the efforts of All-Tournament face-off man John Rotolani to win the Consolation Championship over Rock-it Pocket 10-3. Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear defeated AIG-LIVESTRONG for 3rd place by a score of 8-4.

3rd Place – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear 8, AIG-LIVESTRONG 4
5th Place – The Lofers 13, LaxGrip 12 (ot)
7th Place – Arizona Mermen 9, Club All-Stars 5

Consolation Championship – Brine Elite 10, Rock-it Pocket 3
11th Place – Rocky Mountain Oysters 12, Team Valhalla 4
13th Place – The Generals 9, 5280/Tap Room 2
15th Place – Team Gutman beat Team Rubi Rey
17th Place – Team Black Seal 5, Footclan/Team California 1

Men’s Elite All-Tournament Team

#16 Cooper MacDonnell – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
#3 Mitch McMichael – LaxGrip
#16 Peter Milliman – AIG-LIVESTRONG
#4 Adam Stifel – Reebok

#24 Matt Shearer – LaxGrip
#25 Adam Donegar – Reebok
#10 Max Ritz – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
#26 Anthony Muscarella – Reebok

#19 Brian Kelly – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
#32 Sean McCarthy – Reebok
#5 Pierce Derkac – Team 21

#3 John Rotolani – Brine Elite

Long Stick Midfielder
#11 Justin Tay – LaxGrip

#23 Doc Schneider – Reebok

Offensive MVP
#20 John Glynn – Midfield – Team 21

Defensive MVP
#14 Jake Meyers – Goalie – Team 21

Vail Lacrosse Shootout results
The Women's Elite champion Dos Brisas.
Dave Gottenborg


Women’s Elite
Gold Division:
Dos Brisas 14, Revolution 5 (Championship)
Led by Colorado native Carolyn Cryer, Dos Brisas breezed through the championship game leaving little doubt as to the outcome from the opening draw. Cryer, named offensive MVP scored six first half goals, while tournament MVP, Lindsay Gilbride, scored twice as Dos Brisas took a 9-2 first half lead. There was no quit in Revolution, but they were clearly over-matched by the ladies from Dos Brisas. With the outcome no longer in doubt, Dos Brisas and Revolution played a fast-paced up and down second half, as Cryer finished the game with nine goals. Revolution was lead with two goals each from Kate Dewey and Sarah Bullard as well as getting solid goalie play from Mollie Mackler who finished the game with eight saves, many from point blank range. In the end, the speed and finesse of Dos Brisas carried them to the 2008 championship.

CRSLAX 11, Lax Hut 10 (3rd Place)
In the closest game of the day, CRSLAX out lasted Lax Hut in this well played 3rd place game. CRSLAX got three goals from Katie Leland, while Lax Hut got two from Caytlin McCormick in a 6-5 first half. CRSLAX scored two early second half goals to stretch the lead to three before Lax Hut took control and took a one goal lead into the last five minutes. With under a minute and half left Lindsey Lewis scored to tie the game at 9 only to be answered by Stacey Brown to once again give Lax Hut a one goal lead. CRSLAX controlled the ensuing draw to allow Lewis to get a tying goal once again. With less than ten seconds on the clock CRSLAX made one final drive towards goal allowing Megan Burker to score the winning goal. In a losing effort Lax Hut was led by goalie Kristena Anderson and her 11 saves.

Gang Green 12, AOB 7 (5th Place)
Gang Green had a relatively easy time with AOB in the first half ending the half with a 5-2 lead. Kat Collins lead the way with three first half goals for the Gang and goalies Julie Wadland for Gang Green and Caitlin Carducci for AOB had five saves each in a half dominated by defense. The second half featured more of the same as AOB could not quite catch Gang Green. Gang Green’s Casey Hazel scored their last four second half goals and finished with a game leading five goals. Ashley Mitcheldes and Rachel Culp led AOB scores with two goals each. The final score ended with Gang Green walking away victorious.

Team 180 16, Xtreme 7 (7th Place)
Despite the efforts of the three sister combos, Team Xtreme fell to the young guns of Team 180 16-7. Team 180 was lead with four goals by Alexa Webster, while Team Xtreme got four goals from All-Tournament Team Beth Calder. Team 180 scored early and often and this game was never in doubt.

Final Results:

Gold Division
1. Dos Brisas
2. Revolution
4. Lax Hut
5. Gang Green
6. AOB
7. Team 180
8. Team Xtreme

Silver Division
1. Merrill Lynch ReLaxers
2. Colorado Chillax
3. Team Wild
5. Lax World Colorado
6. Minnesota
7. QC Lax
8. Tap Room

All-Tournament Team
Sarah Bullard Revolution
Greta Meyer Gang Green
Kriti Dave Revolution
Beth Calder Team Xtreme
Nikki Kucharski Team 180
Jess Adam Dos Brisas
Laruen Uhr AOB
Stacey Saggesse Team Xtreme
Amanda Hughes CRSLAX
Aimee Dixon Revolution
Julie Wadland (Goalie) Gang Green

Offensive MVP: Caroline Cryer Dos Brisas
Defensive MVP: Rowas Smith Gang Green
Tournament MVP: Lindsay Gilbride Dos Brisas

Coach: Janet Holdsworth Minnesota

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Vail Lacrosse Shootout day 8

Dave Gottenborg

Vail Lacrosse Shootout day 8

By Alex Smith

July 6, 2008 —  Semifinal day at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout saw two extremely entertaining match-ups in the Men’s Elite Division as Reebok and Team 21 moved on to the finals tomorrow at 1:00 pm.  Reebok needed two overtimes to get past Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear and Team 21 defeated AIG-LIVESTRONG

The women had an extremely busy day, with each team playing two games apiece as the quarterfinals and semifinals of each division were completed.  Dos Brisas Lax and Revolution Lacrosse will face-off for the Women’s Elite title tomorrow.

Don’t forget to check out the tournament blog on the home page of and our daily batches of photos at  We also have a growing network of online media links.


Men’s Elite

Games on Saturday were extremely competitive up and down the bracket as teams got through their third day of play.  Team 21 started the semifinals with a 10-8 win over AIG-LIVESTRONG while Reebok defeated Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear in double overtime, 13-12. 

Team 21 was led by a strong performance from their defense as well as a 5 goal performance from Charlie Perry to secure their victory and move to the Men’s Elite Championship for the first time in team history.  Christian Pastirik pitched in with 1 goal and 2 assist as well.  Team 21’s key run came at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth as they strung together four straight goals to turn a 6-5 deficit into a 9-6 lead.

For Reebok, it took a supreme effort to down Merrill Lynch in the other semifinal.  After leading 4-1 at the end of one quarter, ML came storming back in the second to make it a game and stayed tight throughout.  Max Ritz had a great game for ML, tallying 5 goals and 1 assist, but Adam Donegar matched that effort with 5 goals, including 1 two-pointer.  Not to mention, Donegar fired home the game winner in double overtime on a outside burner with :43 left in the second frame.

It will be Reebok’s fourth straight appearance in the Men’s Elite Championship and Team 21’s first tomorrow at 1:00 pm.  The third place game between AIG-LIVESTRONG and Merrill Lynch will be at 9:00 am while the Consolation Championship between Rock-it Pocket and Brine Elite takes place at 11:00 am. 


Semifinals –

Team 21 10, AIG-LIVESTRONG 8

Reebok 13, Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear 12 (2ot)

Consolation Games –

LaxGrip 17, Arizona Mermen 8

The Lofers 12, Club All-Stars 5

5280/Tap Room 14, Team Black Seal 8

The Generals 9, Team Rubi Rey 7

Brine Elite 19, Team Valhalla 8

Rock-it Pocket 8, Rocky Mountain Oysters 7

Team Gutman 15, Footclan/Team California 3

Sunday Games –

Elite Championship – Team 21 vs. Reebok – 1:00 pm – Ford Field

3rd Place – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear vs. AIG-LIVESTRONG – 9:00 am Ford Field

5th Place – The Lofers vs. LaxGrip – 10:00 am – Edwards Turf

7th Place – Arizona Mermen vs. Club All-Stars – 10:00 am – Edwards Grass

Consolation Championship – Rock-it Pocket vs. Brine Elite – 11:00 am – Ford Field

11th Place – Team Valhalla vs. Rocky Mountain Oysters – 8:30 am – Edward s Turf

13th Place – The Generals vs. 5280/Tap Room – 11:30 am – Edwards Turf

15th Place – Team Rubi Rey vs. Team Gutman – 11:30 am – Edwards Grass

17th Place – Team Black Seal vs. Footclan/Team California – 8:30 am – Edwards Grass


Women’s Elite

The Women’s Elite concluded their Pool Play on Friday and will move to tournament brackets on Saturday.  The four pools were consolidated to two divisions as a tournament champion will be crowned on Sunday.

Gold Division

Lax Hut 12, AOB 5

Lax Hut came on the field right at game time to play the first game of the day against AOB.  They scored six goals in the first half compared to AOB’s three.   Kaytlin McCormick scored a game high five goals for Lax Hut, while Lauren Uhr scored two for AOB.  The final score was Lax Hut 12, AOB five.

Revolution 14, Team Extreme 5

There was an Xtreme Revolution this morning as these two teams met. Team Xtreme got off to a sluggish start only managing one goal at half time, compared to Revolutions 8.  But Xtreme fought back with six goals in the second half.  Aj Johson contributed two goals for Xtreme.  Revolution spread the wealth with Sarah Bullard scoring 4, Kristi Dave scoring 3 and Lindsay Heggarty contributing 2.  Goalie Mollie Macklart was impressive with 5 huge saves for the Revolution.  The final score was Revolution 14 and Xtreme 7.

Dos Brisas 7, Gang Green 6

The 3rd game of the day featured the 2 teams most expected in Sunday’s game.  Expectations were high and these two teams delivered.  Dos Brisas scored in the first three minutes of the game and took nearly four more minutes to expand their lead to two.  Gang Green responded with a Greta Meyer goal only to see Dos Brisas’ Jessica Adam bury a rocket to reestablish a two goal margin.  The two teams traded explosive offensive surges but got no reward for most of the final 13 minutes, until Gang Green got a Kat Collins score for a 3-2 game.  Determined and creative as always, Dos Brisas scored late in the half for 4-2 half time lead.

Dos Brisas’s Lindsay Gilbride scored a quick goal as the second half began to give her team a 3 goal lead.  Again, these teams traded well executed offensive thrust but each defense was up to the threat until Gang Green scored with 18 minutes left to make it 5-3.  Little scoring opportunities were there, both goalies, Gang Green’s Julie Wadland and Dos Brisas’ Regan Busch, kept the door to the goal closed.  They again traded quick goals as Dos Brisas maintained it’s two goal lead as the game entered the final ten minutes.  Gang Green dominated the action over the next seven minutes and tied it up at 6-6 with three minutes to go.  For one final time, these teams raced up and down the field with pin point passing and creative play.  With over time looming Lindsay Glibride buried another rocket with just over a minute to play and Dos Brisas held on for a hard fought 7-6 win.

CRSLAX 8, Team 180 7

Team 180 and CRSLAX took the field next.  CRSLAX lead by Robyn Yateman and Kristen Olson took a 5-2 lead at half, which might have been bigger if not for the stellar play of goalie Anna Wallingford.  Clearly, Team 180 made necessary adjustments as they dominated play throughout most of the second half.  With 4 minutes left Jackie Koehn scored her second goal of the half to knot the score at 7-7.  CRSLAX found a way to win as Lindsey Lewis scored the game winner with 34 seconds left to send CRSLAX into the semi-finals.

Round 2

AOB 13, Team Extreme 9

Gang Green 9, Team 180 5


Revolution 12 , Lax Hut 11 (OT)

Dos Brias 13, CRSLax 4

Sunday July 6th

8:00: Team Extreme vs. Team 180 - 7th Place Game

9:05: AOB vs. Gang Green - 5th Place Game

10:10: Lax Hut vs. CRSLax - 3rd Place Game

Championship Game:

Revolution vs. Dos Brisas – 11:15 am – Athletic Field

Silver Division

Round 1

Game 1: BAMF 12, Lax World Colorado 3

Game 2: Colorado Chillax 13, Tap Room 5

Game 3: Team Wild 14, Minnesota Northstars 4

Game 4: ReLaxers 18, QC Lax 3

Round 2

Game 5: Lax World Colorado 12, Tap Room 7

Game 6: Minnesota Northstars 8, QC Lax 7


Game 7: Colorado Chillax 13, BAMF 4

Game 8: Merrill-Lynch ReLaxers 11, Team Wild 10

Consolation Championship – Colorado Chillax vs. Merrill-Lynch ReLaxers

3rd Place Game – BAMF vs. Team Wild

5th Place Game – Lax World Colorado vs. Minnesota

7th Place Game – Tap Room vs. QC Lax

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Vail Lacrosse Shootout day 7

Dave Gottenborg

Vail Lacrosse Shootout day 7

By Alex Smith

July 5, 2008 — 

One major upset in the Men’s Elite quarterfinals highlighted Day 7 at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout as AIG-LIVESTRONG defeated LaxGrip to move to the semifinals.  Several Independence Day quarterfinals were quite entertaining as Team 21, Reebok and Merrill Lynch all earned spots in Friday’s semifinals.

In the Women’s Elite division, the teams separated into Gold and Silver Divisions as they completed their second day of Pool Play.  7 teams moved into the Gold Division, including Dos Brisas Lax, a team that has been tearing through their competition.

Don’t forget to check out the tournament blog on the home page of and our daily batches of photos at


Men’s Elite

Reebok, the tournaments #1 overall seed had the easiest go of it on Friday, defeating the Club All-Stars 16-5 to move into the semifinals.  They will have a rematch against Pool A opponent Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear, who beat the Lofers 12-8.  Team 21’s 12-11 win over the Arizona Mermen came down to the wire.  They will match up against AIG-LIVESTRONG, who upset LaxGrip 13-11 in the other semifinal.  Consolation bracket games continue to take place at Edwards as the tournament passes its halfway point.


Quarterfinals –

Reebok 16, Club All-Stars 5


Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear 12, Lofers 8

Team 21 12, Arizona Mermen 11

Consolation Bracket –

Team Rubi Rey 10, Footclan/Team California 6

Team Valhalla 14, The Generals 13

Brine Elite 8, Team Gutman 5

Rock-it Pocket 10, Team Black Seal 5

Rocky Mountain Oysters 6, 5280/Tap Room 5

Saturday Games:

Semifinals –

Team 21 vs. AIG-LIVESTRONG – 11:00 am – Ford Field

Reebok vs. Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear – 1:00 pm – Ford Field

Consolation Games –

LaxGrip vs. Arizona Mermen – 9:00 am – Ford Field

Club All-Stars vs. The Lofers – 11:00 am – Ford Field

Black Seals vs. 5280/Tap Room – 8:30 am – Edwards Turf

The Generals vs. Team Rubi Rey – 10:30 am – Edwards Turf

Brine Elite vs. Team Valhalla – 12:30 pm – Edwards Turf

Rock-it Pocket vs. Rocky Mountain Oysters – 2:30 pm – Edwards Turf

Team Gutman vs. Footclan/Team California – 4:30 – Edwards Turf


Women’s Elite

The Women’s Elite concluded their Pool Play on Friday and will move to tournament brackets on Saturday.  The four pools were consolidated to two divisions as a tournament champion will be crowned on Sunday.


Pool A:

Gang Green 7, Colorado Chillax 5

Revolution 18, Minnesota 4

Pool B:

Team Xtreme 13, Tap Room 5

Dos Brisas Lax 18, Team Wild 5

Dos Brisas Lax 18, Team Xtreme 4

Team Wild 13, Tap Room 8

Pool C:

ReLaxers 13, BAMF 10

Team 180 9, AOB 8

Pool D:

Lax World Colorado 14, QC Lax 4

Lax Hut 13, CRSLAX 6

CRSLAX 12, Lax World Colorado 11

Lax Hut 18, QC Lax 1

Gold Division:


Lax Hut

Team Xtreme

Revolution Gang Green

Dos Brisas


Team 180

Silver Division:


Lax World

Tap Room

Colorado Chillax


Team Wild

QC Lax ReLaxers

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